Thank you one and all, just up from a good lay down nap. I have no ill feelings about losing both nerve bundles, I knew that risk up front, and my dr and I discussed it many times, he said in reality they were both even visibly in bad shape His goal, was to remove the cancer. For pain at home, I am on Loratab (not sure if spelled correct.). every 40 hours, I feel like that edition of curious george where he got into the "ether" at the hospital In the hospital they had me on dilaudid injected by needle, much more powerful, but overkill for home. That kept me in an utter state of bliss. Visitors, gee, almost too many for too long, though I am thankful for them all. Thbe hospital has open visitating, so there are no rules for when, where, or how.
I give my heart felt thanks to my surgeons, and all the staff, from the OR nurses, to the housekeeping staff and CNAs and regular nurse, they made me feel like family, and a few I singled out to managment for way above the call of duty in particular. St Francis is no doubt the best hospital in SC, but I knew this before going there Special thanks to Dr Ronald Smith, my urologist and primary surgeon, for a first class job.
Bye for now,
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2005 3.5
PSA 2006 4.0
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 7-2008 12.3
PSA 9-2008 14.9
PSA 10-2008 16.4
Biopsy 2007 Negative
Biopsy 8-2008 Neg, some PIN, 4 "Suspicious Areas"
Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Periunual Invasion noted
Additonal High Grade PIN noted
Open RP surgery scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC